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8 Days Gaia Gourmet Culinary Holiday, Meditation, and Yoga Retreat Tuscany, Italy

Delightful Yoga Retreat Italy

The Sanctuary at Two Rivers - Liz Lindh has crafted a delicious week with cooking classes, wine and cheese tasting, truffle hunting, sightseeing, shopping, daily yoga, and more! All of the culinary delights and adventures have been curated by Chef Naga in alignment with Gaia Gourmet philosophy. They have chosen foodie-focused excursions and have also left some unstructured time for you to explore on your own or relax with some quiet moments on this beautiful property.

Meet the instructors

Liz & Naganath
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Highlights

  • Daily morning yoga session
  • 3 cooking classes and lunches with wine
  • 90-minute asana and meditation each morning
  • A vegetarian tasting menu with wine paring in Florence
  • High vibration spring water for drinking and bathing
  • 2-3 organic gourmet vegetarian meals each day
  • 7 nights’ accommodation
  • Roundtrip shuttle

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7 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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Accommodation

You will be accommodated in a beautifully restored 17th-century Tuscan villa (double or triple occupancy room with shared bath) and full access to the common areas, daily housekeeping, access to laundry machines, and Wi-Fi. You will also get the unlimited enjoyment of a 32-acre nature preserve including olive groves, gardens, wooded trails, hanging lounge beds in the forest, chaise lounge beds for sunbathing and salt water swimming pools, and concierge assistance planning your travel.

You will journey to another sanctuary in the Chianti region of Tuscany, the heart of the “Golden Triangle” between Senna, Arezzo, and Florence; La Selva di Giordano. This magical property, overlooking the gentle slopes of the Arno valley, is a vast 32 acre natural garden of ancient oaks, olive groves, grape vines, and overflowing meadows with indigenous wild flora and fauna. Similar to The Sanctuary at Two Rivers in Costa Rica, two flowing streams of water enhance the potent high vibration of the land.

The totally restored 17th-century farmhouse, two additional smaller villas, a spacious studio specifically for yoga, four saltwater swimming pools, and an outdoor amphitheater are peacefully nestled into this healing environment, intertwined as if in symbiosis. Although the main villa was built more than 300 years ago; the recent restoration has maintained the spirit of the house with respect to the original architecture and use of hand-made and natural materials following bio-architecture parameters. The design and decor are simple and comfortable, with inspiring use of light, art, and antiques. The owner is an artist, visionary, florist, and arborist who stumbled upon this run-down property while hiking and has passionately and wholeheartedly enlivened it beyond its original beauty.

Program

Day 1

  • 13:00 Meet in Florence for lunch to enjoy a vegetarian tasting menu with wine paring. From there will all ride the train together (purchase the ticket online from Firenze S. M. Novella to Montevarchi-Terranuova) and share a shuttle from the station to La Selva with a stop at a local Slow Food farmer's market for savory delights and bio-dynamic Tuscan wines.
  • 19:00 Light dinner (bring your own wine)

Day 2

  • 08:30-10:00 Morning yoga
  • 10:00 Breakfast
  • Cooking class with lunch and wine
  • 19:00 Light dinner (bring your own wine)

Day 3

  • 08:30-10:00 Morning yoga
  • 10:00 Breakfast
  • Boutique Bio-Dynamic Winery Tour with lunch (additional charge)
  • 19:00 Light dinner (bring your own wine)

Day 4

  • 08:30-10:00 Morning yoga
  • 10:00 Breakfast
  • Montevarchi open-air market, shopping, and lunch out
  • Cheese tasting (additional charge)
  • 19:00 Light dinner (bring your own wine)

Day 5

  • 08:30-10:00 Morning yoga
  • 10:00 Breakfast
  • Cooking class with lunch and wine
  • 19:00 Light dinner (bring your own wine)

Day 6

  • 08:30-10:00 Morning yoga
  • 10:00 Breakfast
  • Truffle hunting with lunch (additional charge)
  • 19:00 Light dinner (bring your own wine)

Day 7

  • 08:30-10:00 Morning yoga
  • 10:00 Breakfast
  • Cooking class with lunch and wine
  • 19:00 Celebration dinner

Day 8

  • 09:00-10:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 Departure shuttle to Montevarchi-Terranuova Station

Instructors

Liz Lindh
(Yoga)
NCCAOM (Chinese Herbal Medicine)
Liz is a licensed and board certified doctor of acupuncture and oriental medicine, a National Certification Comission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine diplomate in Chinese herbal medicine, a holistic skincare therapist, a natural beauty expert, and a yoga teacher and teacher trainer. Her dynamic Vinyasa yoga classes are a fusion of fluid movement, flexibility, core strengthening, and balance, where you will find rhythm and awareness, breath and calm, ritual, integration of body, mind, heart, and spirit. She teaches with the intention of spreading love, health, and beauty.
Naganath
(Yoga)
The Ayurvedic Academy (Ayurveda Practitioner)
Naganath is the founder of the Tantric Alchemy Institute. An ardent yogi for the past 22 years, Naga has completed over 1000 hours of yoga teacher training with Shiva Rea (Advanced Teacher Training Program), Rod Stryker, and teachers from the Bihar School of Yoga. In 2004, Naga studied Ayurveda at The Ayurvedic Academy held at Bastyr University in Washington and began extensive studies in Jyotish (Vedic astrology) with the aid of his close friend and mentor in various occult sciences, Dr. Robert Svoboda.

Location

This retreat will take place in Montegonzi, Province of Arezzo, Tuscany, Italy.

Features

Activities

  • Cooking classes
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)

General

  • Garden
  • Lounge
  • Yoga studio

Services

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Room cleaning
  • Tour assistance

Food

You will get two or three organic gourmet vegetarian meals each day (no lunch on Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday), also Italian espresso, an assortment of teas, and fresh seasonal fruit for snacking.

Note: This retreat cannot provide vegan and gluten-free options.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Enjoy boutique bio-dynamic winery tour
  • Explore Il Duomo
  • Hiking
  • Tour to Siena
  • Tour to Cortona
  • Visit to Montevarchi

What's included

  • 90-minute asana and meditation practice each morning
  • A vegetarian tasting menu with wine paring in Florence
  • 3 cooking classes and lunches with wine
  • High vibration spring water for drinking and bathing
  • Italian espresso, an assortment of teas, and fresh seasonal fruit for snacking
  • 2-3 organic gourmet vegetarian meals each day
  • 7 nights’ accommodation
  • Roundtrip shuttle between Montevarchi-Terranuova Station and La Selva on arrival and departure days

What's not included

  • Optional wellness services
  • Optional group excursions
  • International transportation
  • Lodging in Florence
  • Additional food, wine, or personal care necessities
  • Meals out

Cancellation Policy

  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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